Jan. 17:

The Nueces County Junior Livestock show set a record for number of entries in the annual parade, with 125 entries. Jessica Martini was named the queen for the 73rd Annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.

Jan. 24:

Dolphin Ventures I, LLC, a San Antonio-based developer group, unveiled design plans for a proposed outlet mall to be built on land purchased near the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. Nueces County Junior Livestock Show organizers declared the 2008 show a success, with more than $1 million earned in auctions and more than 1,150 youth participants. Officials with the City of Robstown held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the near-completion of the new Centennial Plaza, located on Main Avenue.

Jan. 31:

The Northwest Branch Public Library unveiled two new murals located outside the facility. The murals were the work of local artists Ed and Cornelia Gates. Nueces County Commissioners approved a two-year agreement with the Continental Baseball League to bring a new franchise to the Fairgrounds Field.


Feb. 7:

A Robstown High School security guard was suspended following an incident in which he allegedly placed a 17-year old student in a headlock during a confrontation. Visiting District Judge Juaquin Villarreal ruled in favor of Calallen ISD in a lawsuit brought against the district by a woman who claimed the results of a recent bond election were invalid because of insufficient public notice.

Feb. 21:

Presidential Candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke before a crowd of 7,000 people during a campaign stop at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. A new hawk watch platform was officially opened at Hazel Bazeemore Park.


March 20:

A recount in the Precinct 5 Constable's race left Frank Flores III and Dionicio "Don" Ysassi facing each other in a run-off election. The Office of Rural Community Affairs presented Nueces County officials with a check for $500,000 in grant money to bring clean drinking water to residents of the Twin Lakes Estates Subdivision.

March 27:

Nueces Electric Cooperative was awarded a $92.5 million contract to provide electrical service to area military installations.


April 3:

A veteran member of the Robstown Emergency Medical Services was fired after video of patients being treated by EMS workers appeared on the Internet site You Tube. The Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees awarded Superintendent Roberto Garcia a three-year contract extension in a 4-3 vote.

April 17:

A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony was held for the newly constructed Keach Family Library, located at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. Dionicio "Don" Ysassi upset challenger Frank Flores III in the race for Precinct 5 Constable. Ysassi won the race by 27 votes. officials with the Nueces County Farm Bureau and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies held a ground breaking ceremony for a new state-of-the art claim facility designed to withstand natural disasters.

April 24:

City of Robstown officials toured the LCS Correctional Facility, a private correctional facility under construction south of Robstown.


May 8:

A mistrial was declared in the trial of two boot camp instructors accused of dragging a teenage girl behind a van at a boot camp near Banquete in 2007.

May 15:

The Nueces County Water Conservation and Drainage District No. 2 held an election in which Sam Santos, Mario Gracia and Celestion "Pingo" Ramos were voted into office.

May 22:

Manuel Chapa Garcia was found guilty of manslaughter in the Oct. 5, 2007 death of Ivan Alfonso Herrero, State Representative Abel Herrero's father.

May 29:

Manuel Chapa Garcia was sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the death of State Representative Abel Herrero's father.


June 12: The Calallen Wildcats baseball team won its third state title in 10 years, defeating the Waxahachie Indians.

June 19:

County officials signed a development agreement with Dolphin Ventures I, LLC to build a new outlet mall on land located near the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.


July 3:

The owners of Access Chevrolet, a Robstown fixture since 1954, sold the franchise back to General Motors, leading to a closure of the business.

July 17:

Officials with the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs addressed the Robstown City Council and asked for the council's support in promoting the team.

July 24:

Former Robstown High School teacher Jesse Julian Hastey, 32, accepted a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining an improper relationship with a former student in return for a sentence of 10 years deferred adjudication, a $1,500 fine and 240 hours of community service. Teachers with the Robstown Independent School District addressed the board of trustees during a budget workshop and requested a 3 to 5 percent salary increase for the next budget cycle.

July 31:

Local, state and federal officials held a ground breaking ceremony for a new $9.1 million U.S. Army Reserve facility in Robstown. The 96,000 square foot facility will eventually provide humidity controlled storage for Army Reserve equipment. Hurricane Dolly dropped 4.7 inches of rain on Robstown after making landfall at South Padre Island.


Aug. 14:

Attorneys representing Nueces County sent a letter to the owner of the Coastal Bend Aviators, demanding the team provide payment of $114,639 in damages resulting from the team's failure to meet the terms of a 20-year contract with the county.

Aug. 28:

Robstown residents mourned the passing of Gene Upshaw, a former Robstown High School athlete and president of the National Football League's Player's Union.


Sept. 11:

Over opposition from area truck drivers, the City of Robstown passed an ordinance limiting the areas that large trucks may be driven or parked within the city. Members of the Texas State Teachers Association, Robstown Faculty Association held a protest outside the Robstown Independent School District Administration building in an effort to convince the school board not to pass a proposed budget that eliminated 48 jobs in the district. As Hurricane Ike steamed toward the Texas coast, local officials began preparations to implement emergency management plans.

Sept: 18:

The Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees, in an effort to make up a portion of an estimated $3.2 million deficit, adopted a budget for the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year that eliminated 48 jobs in the district. Local officials began the process of bringing evacuees home, following the landfall of Hurricane Ike near Galveston.

Sept. 25:

Robstown High School football coach Ronnie Castaneda was reprimanded after her allegedly pushed a student following a loss against Rockport.


Oct. 2:

Employees with the City of Robstown sent more than 500 care packages to victims of Hurricane Ike by using funds originally set to be used as a safety incentive for the employees.

Oct. 9:

Two Robstown patrol officers were presented with medals of valor for their actions in saving a suicidal man.

Oct. 16:

Robstown residents and family members of Gene Upshaw held a memorial service in Centennial Plaza for the football great, who passed away in August. Driscoll Police Administrator Enedina Garcia-McDermott resigned her position with the department, citing a lack of support from the city council.

Oct. 23:

Officials with the City of Driscoll denied allegations made by a former police administrator that she was forced to resign after she lost the support of the city council.

Oct. 30:

The Robstown Emerging Global Trade Opportunities Conference was held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, with an agenda that included the discussion of numerous economic projects that have been proposed for the area.


Nov. 6

Incumbent County Commissioner Pct. 1 Peggy Banales was defeated by challenger Mike Pusley in the general election. Incumbent County Commissioner Pct. 3 Oscar Ortiz defeated challenger R.H. "Dick" Mitchell in the general election. U.S. Representative Solomon Ortiz was re-elected to his fourteenth term in office, defeating Republican challenger Willie Vaden and Libertarian candidate Robert Powell. State Representative Abel Herrero narrowly defeated challenger Connie Scott to hold onto the District 34 state. Sheriff Jim Kaelin was re-elected to public office. Incumbent board of trustees member Victor Orona lost his bid for re-election after newcomer Pablo Avila captured the majority of the vote. Avila's victory, along with the re-election of board member Adolfo Lopez, brought a change in the power structure of the Robstown School Board.

Nov. 20

Newly-elected board member Pablo Avila was sworn into office, changing the balance of power on the Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees. The board was immediately re-organized, with Adolfo Lopez named as board president, Robert Tapia as vice-president, Richard Gonzalez as secretary and Avila as assistant secretary. LCS Detention Centers Inc. held a grand opening for its newest facility, located just south of Robstown. Former county judge Terry Shamsie was appointed to fill the un-expired term of Judge for County Court at Law No. 5, following the death o judge Carl Lewis.


Dec. 11:

Victor Orona, who was defeated in the race for RISD Board of Trustees Place 4 by Pablo Avila, filed suit in district court against Avila, alleging errors in the voting process.

Dec. 18:

Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees Candidate Joey Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in district court against Adolfo Lopez, who defeated Rodriguez in the Nov. 4 election. The suit, the second of its kind filed in just one week, alleged voters were prevented from voting in the RISD election because of errors in the voting process. Nueces County filed suit against the former owner of the Coastal Bend Aviators, in an effort to get back money owed the county by the team.